The art of sewing, whether by hand or on a machine, is what clothes each of us. In Native America, sewing is used for basic purposes and it’s used to make traditional and religious attire. How have fashion and the use of color changed over time? How has technology influenced the art of sewing? What are some basic tips for people just learning how to sew? Join us for an encore presentation of our 2015 discussion on sewing in Native America. Phone lines will be closed today but you can still add your comments on this topic on our website and on Twitter @180099Native
Archives for November 2015
The project “Rising Voices/Hótȟaŋiŋpi” examines the struggle to learn the Lakota language. It’s one of many programs all over the US focused on revitalizing individual Native languages. What does it take to really learn the tongue of your people? Are you worried the most basic tools of communication for your ancestors are disappearing? What challenges do communities and individuals face with acquiring and speaking Indigenous language?
Tipiziwin Tolman (Dakota and Lakota) – lead Lakota language activities instructor in the pre-school room at the Lakota Language Nest
Amber Hayward (Puyallup/ Confederated Salish and Kootenai) – language program director for Puyallup Tribe of Indians
Break Music: Steamboat Akalii Song (song) Jay Begaye (artist) Horses Are Our Journey (album)
Many of our elders have vivid memories of the Dust Bowl, the start of World War II and Elvis Presley. Do you wonder what life was like before air conditioning or penicillin? Do you know what kinds of adventures your great-grandfather had when he was a kid? The only way to hear stories from elders is to ask. And the only way to save them for future generations is to record them.
We’re taking a cue from the organization, StoryCorps, which is asking students to record the voices of older generations over the Thanksgiving weekend. We will share a few of their stories and get tips on how to document stories for the future.
Robin Sparkman — CEO of StoryCorps
Alli Joseph (Shinnecock) — founder and president of Seventh Generation Stories
Break Music: Okisikowak (song) Asani (artist) Listen (album)
U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin (Cherokee Nation) represents Oklahoma’s Second Congressional District. He is one of two Native Americans currently serving in the House of Representatives. He is a small business owner, a husband and father of five. Did you know he is a former MMA fighter? Roll Call describes the Republican Rep. Mullin as a “tea party favorite”. Join us for a conversation with Rep. Mullin. He is our November Native in the Spotlight.
Break Music: Stomp Dance (song) George Hunter (artist) Haven (album)
Getting a diabetes diagnosis is scary. On top of the implications for your health, there’s an overwhelming barrage of instructions and medical advice. The information on diabetes is constantly evolving. American Indians and Alaska Natives are twice as likely to have type 2 diabetes as whites, according to the CDC. The truth is—while the diagnosis is shocking—the disease can be managed with the right information and lifestyle changes. Is there more to managing diabetes than nutrition and blood sugar levels? What role does attitude play in keeping diabetes in check. What questions do you have about making sure diabetes is under control?
Barbara Mora (Paiute and Diné) – author of Using our Wit and Wisdom to Live Well with Diabetes and a diabetes wellness presenter
Kibbe Conti (Oglala Sioux) – Registered Dietitian and nutrition specialist at the Rapid City Indian Hospital
Lynnette Roberts (Port Gamble S’Klallam) – Diabetes Case Manager, Healthy Heart Program at the Seattle Indian Health Board
The Badger-Two Medicine traditional cultural district of Montana is considered sacred to the Blackfeet tribe. Earlier this month, Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack sent a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewel urging her to cancel the energy leases for the area. The Blackfeet Tribe of Montana said the leases were granted illegally and the tribe has a “deep spiritual connection to this profoundly spiritual region.” Is your community working to protect a sacred place from energy development? What challenges do tribes face when fighting for their sacred places?
Full interview with William Perry Pendley from the Mountain States Legal Foundation :
John Murray (Blackfeet) – Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Blackfeet tribe
Tim Preso- managing attorney for the Northern Rockies office of Earth Justice
Break Music: Chicken Dance (song) Blackfoot Confederacy (artist) Confederacy Style (album)
It’s the time of year to take out all the stops and spend a little extra time in the kitchen. A special meal can bring families together and make cherished memories. But creating a celebratory feast is fraught with challenges. If you need some help and advice in the kitchen, we’re here for you. In this episode, we invite two expert Native chefs to answer your cooking questions. So if your last batch of wild rice risotto was a disaster, our guest chefs might have some advice for you.
Nephi Craig (White Mountain Apache, Navajo) — executive chef at Sunrise Park Resort Hotel and founder of the Native American Culinary Association
Break Music: Fry Bread Song (song) Radmilla Cody (artist) Precious Friends (album)
There’s a lot that comes with the Thanksgiving holiday including the story of pilgrims and Native Americans sharing a meal nearly 400 years ago. Over the years, many scholars and cultural advocates have weighed in on the validity of this story. This year the National Geographic Channel movie “Saints & Strangers” is reopening the dialogue on this story. We visit with some of the Native Actors to hear their thoughts on this project and the story of Thanksgiving.
(This program is pre-recorded so our phone lines are closed).
The birth of a child is a sacred and cherished event. The weeks and months that follow are a whirlwind of joy and anxiety for new mothers. But there are times when dark thoughts persist. Some mothers suffer negative emotions, constant crying, and difficulty establishing attachment to the baby. Between 10 to 15 percent of women get postpartum depression, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Studies by the University of North Carolina suggest Native American women experience even more instances of postpartum depression than other populations. How does postpartum depression effect children, families and Native communities? Are Native American mothers getting the help they need when experiencing postpartum depression?
Dr. Elise Leonard — chief of mental health at the Phoenix Indian Medical Center
Dr. Patrisia Gonzales (Kickapoo, Comanche, Nahua) — associate professor at the University of Arizona, traditional birth attendant and author of “Red Medicine: Traditional Indigenous Rights of Birthing and Healing”
Break Music: Tapwe Oma (song) Fawn Wood (artist) Iskwewak (album)
Kimberley Dawn’s album “’Til the Cowboys Come Home,” is packed with the driving rhythms and tough-love lyrics country music fans cherish like a pair of favorite jeans. Dawn (Métis Cree) will be with us for our next look at Native music. Join us for another hour of musical delight from First Nations singer Kimberley Dawn, our November Music Maker.
Follow this conversation with the hastag: #MusicMakerKimberleyDawn
Break Music: The Lucky One (song) Kimberely Dawn (artist) ‘Til The Cowboys Come Home (album)